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Police search for Spanish garment owner David Mayor

Update : 30 Apr 2013, 04:52 AM

Police officials are on the hunt for Spanish national David Mayor, the general manager of Phantom Tac Garment factory, which was housed in Rana Plaza.

Mayor is accused in 13 cases, along with his Bangladeshi partners and the owners of four other garment units, charged with gross negligence that led to the death of more than 380 workers.

As of yesterday, police did not know the whereabouts of Mayor. His partner Aminul Islam, chairman of Phantom Tac, was arrested on Saturday night.

Law enforcers also arrested Sohel Rana in Benapole on Sunday. The owner of the building and an influential leader of the local unit of Juba League, Rana was attempting to flee the country.

Registered in 2007, Phantom Tac is a joint venture between Bangladesh’s Phantom Apparels and Spain’s Textile Audit Company.

Mayor is the majority shareholder with 688 shares; Aminul Islam, ABM Siddique and Suraiya Begum each hold 550; Amirul Islam Mahmud holds 412. Each share is priced at Tk1,000, according to a source.

The BGMEA has temporarily suspended the membership of all five factories located in Rana Plaza, the BGMEA’s vice-president SM Mannan Kochi said.

Soon after cracks developed on the pillars of Rana Plaza, the industrial police asked the garment owners to stop operations. However, they defied the order and forced workers to go in, saying their wages would not be paid if they refused.

Reportedly none of the owners of the factories has visited the site since the collapse.

Among the owners, Aminul Islam, Anisur Rahman and Bazlus Samad Adnan were the active decision makers at their factories.

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